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Posted By: Big Al Whittle
01-Jan-09 - 08:30 AM
Thread Name: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Subject: RE: Music: Police and Striking Miners
Diane - believe you me - there was all that going on and more and worse and both sides were at it. at the time , you couldn't substantiate it - half the time you simply couldn't believe it.

It was a complex situation. The Notts and Derbyshire miners were pissed off with the yorkshire lot because they had not backed them up when loads of pits had been closed down at the time of lord robens and even before.

Miners felt railroaded and intimidated on both sides into the positions their local mines/unions were occupying.

The only song I can remember resonating at the time was just after the strike when Dave Guy and Tony (I forget) of Kelly's Heroes wrote 'a reconciliation song'. Dave was a Selston miner and the piece had real meaning for anyone who heard it. Rooms full of people really moved and communicated with.

Dave Guy (a Christy Moore soundalike and worshipper) was incidentally one of the few men I saw capable of singing folksong to really tough working class Derbyshire audiences - not your PTA lot!

I think Dave moved to Ireland - after gigging in America a bit, running a pub and drinking a fair bit. One of the few visionaries of the folk scene.